Barbados PM: LIAT still vital to region

BGIS:-Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ continued commitment to the regional carrier LIAT, describing it as “vital” to the movement of people across the Caribbean.

Stuart made this assertion as he spoke to the media recently about concerns being voiced by some CARICOM leaders about the viability of the regional carrier during the just concluded 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in St George’s, Grenada.

In his address at the opening ceremony of the conference, CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, had bemoaned the high cost of travelling throughout the region via LIAT, stating that it was cheaper to go to Miami than to some CARICOM destinations.

Prime Minister Stuart maintained that the airline was an important source market for tourism in the region and that Barbados was not going to support it blindly.

“The reality is that LIAT has over the last 50 years to 60 years kept the people of the Caribbean together. Airlines have come [and] airlines have gone but LIAT has remained with an impressive safety record,” he emphasized.

Next year’s CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM will take place in Haiti in February, while the Regular Conference will be held in Jamaica in July.


  1. Concern Caribbean Citizen
    July 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

    How has LIAT kept the region together when the flights are so dam expensive. A 30 minute flight from St. Vincent to just neighbouring ST. Lucia is from $700.00 and up. So much for OECS unity. We need the ferries. These Priministers can talk because they can afford and in any case i tax payers dollars they are using to travel. Other airlines are not making it because they are the ones killing them.

  2. Anonymous
    July 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Liat is there to stay….. I support LIAT….

  3. Vibz
    July 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Why can’t the Caribbean Heads adopt a unified position on LIAT or any other major issue? They give lip service instead of genuine commitment to matters that matter. The exorbitant taxes and fees that are charged by member countries for Regional travel is prohibitively expensive. This issue concerning LIAT and its extortionate fees has been discussed ad nauseam. Don’t expect anything to change as the people who can make changes to alleviate the burdensome cost of intra regional travel are heartless.

  4. Louise
    July 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    If the Caribbean countries cut down on their high taxes it’s my opinion that the prices would be lower

  5. sharon terrell
    July 10, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Liat always late.LIAT should die,go away shoo.A damn sorry Airline.Liat crooked this Airline not straight,it leaning.Please LIAT my big toe.I dont want to hear nothing more about dead plane.Please,Choops.

  6. 1wjss32aaß1ß
    July 10, 2017 at 6:49 am